Our primary interest is aiding Christians through financing their own micro-projects that would provide them with income to preserve their dignity and alleviate the calamities of the crisis.

The team at Hope Center reviews and evaluates the projects and the extent to which the applicant has planned for his/her idea. If accepted, the center starts providing funds for the project to initiate.

Besides aiding Christians in need, this initiative aims for reviving the city of Aleppo that has lost most of its economic structure.


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Aleppo

325

Homs

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Damascus

Taxi


My name is Johnny Cozma, I am a 30 years old man and married to Nour Dayekh. We have two little children, a girl and she is 5 years old, and a boy who is just 1 year old. We live with my mother in a rented house in Sulaymanieh area in Aleppo, she is 60 years old with a lot of health issues (diabetes, gland disease, heart problems), as a result, she needs a lot of medicines. In 2000,...


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My name is George Merjaneh, I am 55 years old, I am married to Gizel Armenak, we have one daughter Georgette who is 26 years old and two sons; Joseph, who is 28 years old, he currently lives in Lebanon, and Jad is 11 years old and still at school ,we live in our family house and my mother Georgette also lives with us, she needs constant care because her Hip was fractured and she has many health issues. Before...


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My name is George Bashir Wahbe , I am 44 years old, married to Lina Makhoul, we have two beautiful sons; Bashir is 16 years old and Elia is 13 years old, they are still studying in school. I work as a football coach since 1995 in Riaayet Al-shabab stadium, we train young men and then choose from them to join the Syrian National Team, my wife is a City Council Officer. When we first married, we lived with my aunt in...


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Sewing Machine


My name is Rana Awad, I am a 44 years old widow and a mother of four children; Georgette 22 years, Jessica 18, Nour 13 and my youngest, George 11. I have been working in sewing since I was a young girl, it started as a hobby I shared with my sisters, then I started working at home when I was still living with my parents. After we got married, we lived in a rented house in Sheikh Maksoud, but...


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Manakish Griddle


Before the crisis I used to work with my brothers in mobile-accessories, the business wasn’t so good we ended up with lots of debts so we shut down the shop and that was a huge loss. During war time I worked in a café cleaning tables and waitering, I even sold cookies on the streets; just to provide some money for my family, then I started to sell logs. I was displaced during the war with my family to Mashta al Helou...


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Computers Maintenance and Surveillance Systems


My name is Johnny Sarkis, I am 40 years old and I’m married to Sally Mekleh, We have a little girl, her name is Rozella and she is two years old. I live with my small family in a rented house in Sulaymania area, and I have a shop in the same area, I have been working in computers maintenance and surveillance systems since 2006, but during the war I suffered a lot because the equipment that I needed for...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


My name is George Kerbaj, I’m 31 years old and married to Rita Awad, we have a newborn baby called Joseph and We live together with my wife’s parents in Al-Midan area in Aleppo, we all help each other to pay the house rent. In 2018 I started working in a mall (Al Amal), with a low salary (60$ monthly), this of course cannot even cover our needs as a family especially that we have a newborn baby and he...


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Beauty Salon


Halla and her sister Nour are two young, single women living with their mother Josephine who is 61 years old in Slemanyeh area, the house is rented and they are the family’s providers. Halla (29 years old) works in the tattoo business, and Nour (35 years old) works in the field of make-up. As the war began in 2012, they moved to Mashta Al-Heloo in the suburbs of Tartous city, after the bombing and the very bad condition that the...


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Sandwich Shop


My name is Nishan, I live with my wife Anne Tashjian and our four children; the twins Hagob and Maral, they are 24 years old, Tamar 20 years old and our youngest Sevan, is 18 years old. I spent almost my entire life working in a fast food place in Al-Midan area since 1978, in Aleppo city, it’s a crowded area with narrow roads and many industrial shops. Unfortunately, in 2010, Al-Midan was one of the most critical areas in...


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Paint Shop


My name is Nabil Nassar, 34 years old and married to Ninawa Marza, we have two little children; Sharbel is 3 years old and Fadia is one year old. I live in Sulaymania area with my parents and my youngest brother who is currently serving in the military, we rented this house after our main house in Al-Midan was damaged severely during the war. it’s so hard for me to even afford a rented house, especially that I spent the...


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Sewing Machine


My name is Yeranet, I currently live alone after my husband passed away in 2010. Our house was in Jalaa area, after the passing of my husband, we had to sell the house because we were in need of the money in order to get by. Then I moved with my son and daughter to live in a rented house in Al-Midan area, but the rent was so high so we had to move between many other houses. Finally in 2017, I...


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Hair Salon


My name is Eshak Ofissa, I am 27 years old, I live with my parents. My father is retired and my mother is a housewife, we live in Al-Midan area. We are originally from a village called Al-Jdayde in Edlib which is now under the control of Jabhat Al-nasra, but we spent most of our time growing up in Aleppo. During the war, our home in Aleppo was damaged severely by a mortar bomb. We left to Latakia, where we stayed for three years...


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Plumbing Equipment


Youssef learned plumbing at a young age and started practicing his profession in 2003 when he finished his military service. He worked for a few years in Homs and then had the opportunity to work in Lebanon, where he stayed for 7 years. Working there allowed him to enrich his skills and save some money, so he decided to return back home and start his own family; he got married and lived with his wife at his parent's house and...


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Barbershop


Hisham's life is a long journey of striving and hard work, he lives with his father, step-mother, and sister and he works in his barbershop, which he opened back in 2020 after finishing his military service.

He discovered his passion for this profession at a young age when he used to work during summer vacations at a barbershop in their neighborhood. At the age of 18, Hisham had the opportunity to travel and work in the UAE where he had a...


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Aluminum Workshop


Losing his one-year-old daughter was the hardest thing Shadi had to go through because of the vicious war. He is a married man and a father of three, two daughters and a son, and he is the family's sole breadwinner.

Shadi works with his brother in their aluminum workshop, which is the source of livelihood for their families in addition to their elderly parents.

The current electricity crisis has affected the productivity of work in the workshop that they opened 22 years...


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Blacksmithing Workshop


Samer is a blacksmith who is married and a father of two daughters. He started working in 1990, and opened his current workshop back in 2011, just before the onset of war, but after it started, Samer's workshop was robbed and he lost all of the machines. 

With some money he saved, Samer managed to compensate for the stolen machinery and resume his work, but unfortunately, in 2013, the electric generator was stolen from his workshop and he couldn’t buy a...


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Pharmacy


Syrians are still suffering from the reflections of the destructive war on all aspects of life; the economic crisis affected people's ability to ensure a decent living, especially the youth, who need to build up their future, but despite all the difficulties there will always be hope.

Alice is a pharmacist who lives with her parents and sister. After graduating, she was so excited to start her career but unfortunately, her family could not afford the costs of establishing a pharmacy,...


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Wall Painting Equipment


Elias is a hard-working man, who despite all the tough circumstances didn't accept to sit and watch. He is married and a father of 2 sons, he chose wall-painting as his main profession since 1993.

In 2012, the family was displaced from their neighborhood Bab Al-Sebaa to Fairouza village and lost all of their belongings in addition to Elias's equipment. Upon their great loss, they decided to start all over again, and settled down in Fairouza, while his two sons traveled...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Yaackoub is a floor tiler, this profession has been his only source of livelihood since 2000. 

His equipment was stolen twice from the construction sites due to the chaotic situation in the country after the war, and he had to stop working for two years. However, as the only provider for his wife and their two children, he was helped by good-willed people to buy some simple tools and resume his work.

Yaackoub is facing a hard challenge nowadays just like many...


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Wood Shaving Workshop


Where there's a will, there is always a way! All of us have a goal in life, however, this goal is only achieved by people who have strong willpower and work hard with dedication, and George is a great example of strength to start all over again despite the hard circumstances. 

Going back to the pre-war period, he used to live with his family in their village "Al-Qaryaten" and he was responsible for running the family's tile factory. By 2015, this...


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Pots Maintenance and Polishing Workshop


Imad is the only provider for his wife and their 2 sons in addition to his mother. His family was displaced from their home village "Al-Qaryaten" and escaped to Fairouza village away from the horrors of war.

Imad used to work in many fields before the war; in 2012, he decided to start his own project to support his family and with the available simple capabilities, Imad started his workshop of pots maintenance and polishing, due to people's need for such...


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Car Electrical System Maintenance


Elia is a young man who had the courage to start his own business, he lives with his parents and sister in Fairouza village after the family was displaced from their home city Homs; they had to stay in a rented apartment for 6 years until they managed to buy their current house.

Since his father is an old man, he was no longer able to work and provide for the family and Elia took this responsibility upon himself despite his...


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Mini-Winch


"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." This saying describes Shafik's tough experience; he was one of the 270 people who were held in captivity in Al-Qaryatayn village, which witnessed the terrors of the devastating war.

The story started when the armed groups attacked his home village Al-Qaryatayn and he was trying to protect his wife and their 3 children, the selfless father managed to get them out but he couldn't escape and was kidnapped for 3 months until he had...


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Wall Painting and Decorating


Nassif is among many craftsmen who were affected by the war, losing his chance to enhance his work conditions due to the economic situation and the high prices.

He works in wall painting and decorating since 1998 and he is well-known for his great skills in this profession. In 2016, the hardworking man moved with his wife and their only son from their home village Maskanah to Fairouza village where they settled down and established a new life from scratch. 

Nassif's work...


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Mini-market


Ehab Al-Bitar is one of the self-made men who are ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of their families.

The 30-year-old man is married to Nour Alqablan, living in a small flat near his mom and siblings in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood.

within the severe years of war, Ehab was able to finish his university study and in 2016 he graduated from the faculty of trade and economics, he wanted to start working but the situation in that period was precarious and his...


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Taxi


For the last 30 years, Nabil Alhosh, 52, has never hesitated to work day and night from behind his steering wheel to provide his family with the best living; Nabil worked as a microbus driver, doing many shifts during the day because his main priority in life was securing a decent life for his family and good education for his four kids: Linda, Kinda, Mirna, and Yousef.

Yet, this endeavor was not easy during the years of war as the drivers...


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Taxi


“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”

Despite all calamities, Youssef Al-Samara has never stopped fighting and was full of hope that the coming days are going to be better.

He worked as a hairdresser since 2002 and his income was good to afford his living expenses, but after the outbreak of the Syrian war, he was called to join the military service as he served in fierce war zones which put him under dangerous accidents.

He was living in...


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Plumbing Workshop


Often, we are born to encounter many life obstacles, but the defining point is either giving up or challenging and accepting these obstacles and continuing our lives while we are full of hope and optimism, which was the choice of thirty-two-year-old Johnny Mardini.

Johnny was born into a humble family consisting of a hardworking father who worked day and night for the sake of his family and a loving mother who did everything she could to give love and care, especially...


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Nuts Shop


losing her husband at the age of 26, and being responsible for a newborn baby at the same time is tough for any woman to handle, but Nancy Alshoufi decided to direct her love and care to her baby who will grow up without his father's support.

Her in-laws were also in great shock as they lost their son at a very young age, Nancy decided to keep living with them trying her best to look after them after their huge...


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Hairdressing Salon


“The human’s will is what defines a person and how far he is going in his life journey”

Iskandar was raised by loving and supporting parents, his father used to work as a tiler and handled his tough work to afford his family a decent living.

As soon as he grew up, Iskandar realized he wanted to be a hairdresser, so he started learning about this profession and worked hard to gain field experience dreaming to have his own Salon in the...


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Taxi


"A hero is someone who gives without thought of himself, and Shadi was that hero in his son’s eyes”

Shady Maqsoud 48, never hesitated to give all for the sake of his family and kids.

He is married to Jumana Qazi and they have two sons Johnathan born in 2003, and Julian born in 2007 

Shady started working as a painter at the age of nineteen to support his parents with the living expenses, and for many years he worked as hard as...


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Taxi


Behind the great amount of sadness and calamities that Fahed has been through in his life, there is a loving, confident heart and a solid will to improve himself and save his family from their tragic situation.

Fahed Farah, 34, is a caring husband and father of two sons; Farah, born in 2017, and Charbel born in 2019. He lives along with his family in a dilapidated flat in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood.

At the beginning of his twenties, Fahed was called to the...


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Mini Market


George is a married man and the father of three daughters Dina, Rita, and Rima.

George suffers from speech disorder but that didn’t prevent him from working or having a normal lifestyle as for the last 30 years, he has been working at the Ministry of Health as a physical therapist.

He handled his tough work schedule for many years to ensure a dignified life for his family, because all he cared about was raising his daughters to become successful individuals in...


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Detergents and Plastics Store


Wadie Abou Assaleh, a 60-year-old man, is married to Claire and they have two sons George who since his born in 1994 suffers from a mental disability, and Elias born in 1991. 

From 1985 to 2011 Wadie worked as a goldsmith along with his brother at their workshop but after the outbreak of the war, their profession was affected badly. Hence, his brother traveled abroad and Wadie was forced to close the workshop and work as a private driver for an...


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Mini-market


As long as you keep smiling in the face of your difficulties, life will reward your great hope. 

Simon Tannous is 44 years old, he is married and has two adorable girls, Hala born in 2008, and Lana born in 2013.

Simon and his family live in a small rented flat in Kashkoul and he also works in his mini-market in the same area.

He was an employee as a driver at the construction administration in Damascus since 1996, but his low income...


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Carpentry Workshop


Sometimes the only thing that can keep you fighting, is believing that one day everything is going to be better.

Najeh Ajaiby, 52, has never stopped believing that good things are coming on his way.

he is originally from Egypt and came to Syria in 1997 looking for better work opportunities, so he started to work in his profession as a carpenter in different workshops. Soon after he got married to Samar AL-Abdoun and had three children Ruba, Fadi, and Mina.

Najeh worked...


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